Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TheSource: Potential ballot measure: Green Line extension to Torrance


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One in a series of posts that will look at projects and programs that would receive funding from the potential sales tax ballot measure that Metro is considering. 
What is the project? An extension of the Green Line to Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance, where the city plans to build a new transit center. The Green Line currently ends at Redondo Beach Station on Marine Avenue.
The extension will also help riders access a new rail station serving both the Green Line and Crenshaw/LAX Line, where Metro Rail riders can transfer to the future LAX people mover serving the airport terminals. (Here’s more info about Metro’s Airport Connector project).
When can people ride the projects? The extension to Torrance would break ground in 2026 with a forecast completion date of 2030; the project would receive $619 million under Metro’s revised spending plan for the potential ballot measure. The new ballot measure would complete funding needed for the project and would allow the project to be built five years sooner than envisioned in Metro’s current long-range plan.
What else is worth knowing? The Green Line has no street crossings and offers transfers to the Blue Line, Silver Line and many heavily ridden north-south bus lines. In the future, the Green Line will also allow transfers to the proposed Redondo Beach and Torrance Regional Transit Centers and the Crenshaw/LAX Line (which is under construction), as well as another project that would receive funding from the potential ballot measure: a potential light rail line between Artesia and Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
What about a Green Line extension to Norwalk? A separate ballot measure project would extend the Green Line east to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs station that serves Metrolink commuter trains. The long-sought connection would allow Metrolink riders from both the Orange County Line and 91 Line to easily access a number of destinations via the Green Line. The extension to Norwalk would break ground in 2046 and be completed in 2051. It would receive $200 million from the new ballot measure and $570 million from other sources.
Metro’s potential ballot measure calls for a half-cent sales tax increase and an extension of the existing Measure R sales tax. Here’s a previous post about the revised spending plan for the ballot measure.
Please visit theplan.metro.net for more info and use the hashtag #metroplan when discussing on social media. The Metro Board of Directors are scheduled to consider the spending plan and whether to put the ballot measure before voters at their June 23 meeting. 
Other posts on potential ballot measure projects: 


(Source: http://thesource.metro.net/2016/06/22/potential-ballot-measure-green-line-extension-to-torrance/)

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